Suggs' likely return reason for optimism
Saturday, October 2, 2004 By STEVE DOERSCHUK
Repository sports writer
BEREA - Garcia to Winslow is no longer an option.
Finally, it appears Suggs and Green is.
Maybe that's why Terry Robiskie was smiling on a
sunny fall Friday after practice.
"Lee's ready to go," Robiskie said. "I think he's
ready to go."
Robiskie, the offensive coordinator whose attack
wilted in losses to the Cowboys and Giants, has
done without running back Lee Suggs during the
Browns' 1-2 start.
Soon, it might become apparent if Suggs is more
valuable to this run-minded coordinator than the
tight end who broke a leg, Kellen Winslow Jr.
Robiskie makes this sound like a good
possibility, with Suggs on the verge of coming
back from a neck stinger, upgraded from
questionable to probable on Friday's injury
"The identity we're trying to get is ... getting
in a situation where we can hand it to William
(Green) 16 or 17 times. We can hand it to Lee 18
or 19 times. And we can come out of the game with
270 yards rushing."
Who does he think they are? Jamal Lewis?
Center Jeff Faine calls Green and Suggs "our
two-headed monster," but the beast has never
appeared in a real game. Suggs didn't emerge in
2003 until Green was suspended.
Robiskie doesn't want to strip too much mystery
from the monster, but he said this Friday:
"We're gonna hand Lee the same couple of balls we
hand William ... see who's playing good. Let him
get some snaps. If he needs a blow, let the next
guy in and get a blow.
"I've seen Lee take it a long way against
Cincinnati. I've seen William take it a long way
against Atlanta. I think they both can go to the
The Browns are home to take on a Washington
defense ranked first in the NFL against the run.
What has made the Redskins so good against the
Bucs', Giants' and Cowboys' running attack?
"I don't know," Suggs said. "They haven't played
Suggs' background better fits Robiskie's
smash-mouth style than Green's. Suggs ran behind
a fullback at Virginia Tech and seems to know
just what to do behind the Browns' new fullback,
Terrelle Smith. Green generally didn't run behind
a fullback at Boston College, and the Browns
didn't have a conventional fullback his first two
years in Cleveland.
"Smash-mouth is all we did at Tech," Suggs said.
"We hardly ever passed. So, it'd be the same
The buzz around the Browns' offense has been that
it is searching for an identity.
"We like to feel we have one," Robiskie said. "If
you try to slug it out and fistfight and punch
guys in the mouth, people think that's not an
"You lose a couple players here and there, and
it's tough. When you get guys back ... let's see